Research: serum cortisol levels

RESEARCH PAPER
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RESEARCH PAPER: Serum Cortisol Levels
This study suggests that there are more benefits to a chiropractic adjustment that simply the removal of back pain.

The Immediate Effect of Low Back Manipulation on Serum Cortisol Levels in Adult Males with Mechanical Low Back Pain.
Keseri Padayachy, G. Hoosen M. Vawda, Junaid Shaik, Peter W. McCarthy. Clinical Chiropractic; 2010 Volume 13: pp 246-252

Serum Cortisol Levels
Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex.

Objective
This study was designed to determine whether spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) in the low back would increase serum cortisol levels, and to measure any effect of a short rest interval on daytime cortisol levels.

Method
A randomised, clinical trial of adult male patients aged between 18 and 35 years who presented to the Chiropractic Day Clinic at the Durban University of Technology and the Community Health and Indigent Programme Services Clinic in the Discipline of Clinical Anatomy at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, diagnosed with mechanical low back pain.

Results
It was found there was an increase in rate of change of daytime serum cortisol levels following SMT, and these serum cortisol levels decreased significantly following short rest interval.

Conclusion
This study supports the idea that spinal manipulative therapy has an effect on the neuroendocrine system, however the mechanism of these effects requires further investigation as they have not been established within the scope of this study.